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Merrill Middle School 3

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.

Merrill Middle School
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.


Merrill Middle School
Amount of homework: Not enough

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.

Merrill Middle School
Develops grit: Neutral

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.

Merrill Middle School
Develops respect: Neutral

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.


Merrill Middle School
Develops empathy: Neutral

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.

Merrill Middle School
Develops honesty: Neutral

Posted June 14, 2015
- a parent
The school has a lot of diversity and some good teachers, but some of the teachers (especially temporary teachers) don’t seem to care much. I’ve heard several reports of teachers not being able to control their students and then becoming frustrated and not teaching, just handing out paperwork with no classroom instruction on how to complete the assignments. Also, the administration does not plan very well. For example, there were not enough yearbooks to go around (I'm thinking, can't students pay up front and then the school orders the books, so they know how many to order?). Also, student behavior needs improvement, as there seems to be a handful of students who cause a lot of distraction that negatively impacts learning (kids stealing things out of gym lockers, students acting out in class, some bullying, etc.). On a positive note, there is extra help available some Saturday mornings throughout the school year, and the most of teachers are caring and professional.

Merrill Middle School 1

Posted January 20, 2015
- a community member
Don't go! First you might think its a really good school when you come in but that's because the teachers change their whole personality to make it look like your actually doing work. I've seen that with all teachers as a student. They are also separated which is totally pointless recess and lunch is time to socialize with your friends, your better off going to an all girls or boys school.Just today we had a basket ball game and their not letting you stay unless you have a parent. They completely don't trust us. The kids graffiti on the school. And the bathrooms. There is way too Much fighting and drama. In One week we can have 5 fights but they won't do anything. Just tell us to stop. They are creating all of these rules that are completly unnecessary and uneeded. They care about our dress code and rules more than the actual education. For your best do not take your kid here. The principle won't even be here all of the time its all Mr.stringer (kudos) but still mr franklin has no point in his job but to make kids feel bad about themselfs. ( I made a new friend and he told me that I changed and I needed to change back) he is not responsible of my personality.don't go!
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Merrill Middle School 2

Posted January 19, 2015
- a parent
I had high hopes for Merrill and my child did well the 6th grade year. However, now there is basically no homework every night-none, zippo, zilch, nada. My child also remarked this year that the teachers all seem unhappy and a few seem to go overboard with punishments (i.e. if you speak one word while the teacher is speaking, you will be written up). The school has a restricted dress code and the administration spends a lot of time riding students for that (no sweats policy is one-unless they have pockets-however, most boys are allowed to wear any sweats. Leggings aren't permitted-why not allow them if a shirt is worn to cover the rear). My child also complains about kids in the classroom acting out and disrupting learning. Then the teacher has to repeatedly keep attention on these kids. At times, the entire class is punished because of the group of kids that cause the trouble. Overall, this does not equal a good learning environment for my child and we are looking elsewhere. I do have to give kudos to Mr. Stringer. He works his b*** off. If one were to come to the school repeatedly, they'd probably think he was the principal.
3 people found this helpful

Merrill Middle School 1

Posted April 30, 2014
- a parent
This school has been trying to turn itself around but still has some significant hurdles. There are frequent teacher absences; my son has a list of his 'favorite subs.' One day he had 4 subs. Teachers disappear without explanation, are pulled out of class when they are about to give a lesson. Surely this can be orchestrated better. The kids lose out.
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Merrill Middle School
1551 South Monroe St, Denver, CO  80210
(720) 424-0600
Last modified Merrill Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Merrill Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top